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Sunday, December 29, 2013


by Mark Danowsky

On a dog walk the night before Xmas
the sound of Public Radio begins to double
so I halt, unplug an earbud 
and take in my surroundings

Unseen inhabitants occupying a Subaru 
are having a fabled "Driveway Moment" 
so I pause a little longer
in this record December weather
sweating through a sweatshirt
while us strangers listen up

Two filmmakers explain the joy
of filling out their first joint federal tax return
despite living in a state that still fails
to recognize their union

Mark Danowsky’s poetry has appeared in Alba: A Journal of Short Poetry, Mobius: The Journal of Social Change, Red River Review, Right Hand Pointing, Snow Monkey and The New Verse News.  His poem "5am Summer Stormwon Imitation Fruit’s “Animals and Their Humans” Contest, in 2013. He resides in Northwest Philadelphia and works for a private detective agency.